10 Don'ts for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there are many things you can do to make things better. Learning as much as you can about your disease and working closely with your doctors to find the best treatment are good first steps. It's also important to start treatment early and get the right balance of rest and exercise. You should do whatever you can to reduce everyday stress—a proven trigger of RA symptoms.

There are also some things you don't want to do because they can make your condition worse. Here are 10 of them:

W. Hayes Wilson, MD, discusses the basics of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and treatment.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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